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What is the difference between the fifth revision since the enactment of the solid waste law?

Jul 26, 2018

This will be the fifth revision since the promulgation of the "Solid Waste Law" in China (1995). It is the most revised one, and the content is also focused on the disposal of hazardous waste.

First revision (2005):

Newly mentioned "prevention and control of environmental pollution in rural households", but the specific provisions are local.

Who added the pollution who gave evidence and implemented the inversion of the burden of proof.

Enterprises engaged in hazardous waste utilization also need to apply for a hazardous waste business license (previously only hazardous waste disposal enterprises need).

Domestic garbage disposal sites cannot be randomly selected or closed (previously only for industrial solid waste disposal facilities).

Second revision (2013):

The garbage disposal facilities for the closure, idle or dismantling of domestic garbage facilities have been approved by the municipal sanitation administrative department and the environmental protection administrative department at the municipal level (previously only at the county level).

Third revision (2015):

Amend "Automatic License Import" to "Unrestricted Import".

Solid waste that is included in the automatic license import catalog does not require automatic licensing (previously required).

Fourth revision (2016):

The approval department for the closed, idle or dismantled garbage disposal facilities was revised to the “People's Government Environmental Health Administrative Department” (previously required by the environmental health authorities and the environmental protection department for approval).

Fifth revision (2018):

The revised draft emphasizes that it is clear that “harmlessness” is the premise of “resources” and proposes “to minimize the amount of landfill disposal”, and the source reduction and resource utilization become the trend.

It is proposed that solid waste should be included in the management of pollutant discharge permit, emphasizing the main responsibility of waste generators, and not transferring with solid waste transfer. Listed companies need to disclose information on prevention and control of solid waste pollution.

The introduction of hazardous waste compulsory insurance, participants include hazardous waste collection, storage, transportation, utilization, disposal units. It is forbidden to import solid waste, that is, the total ban on imported foreign garbage has been legally confirmed. Implement a differentiated garbage charging system based on the producer's payment principle. Add a waste classification system, strengthen local government responsibilities, and provide legal support for the follow-up implementation plan of the Domestic Waste Classification System.